What happened to Videos app?

Discussion in 'iOS 10' started by Kanunu, May 14, 2017.

  1. Kanunu macrumors 6502

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    Pardon my ignorance on iOS but the phone in question is my wife's. It is an iPhone 6 and is running 10.3.1. I hooked it into iTunes today to install some instructional MP4's for her and after I had synced, I had planned to check them but could not find the Videos icon . Has this app been removed from iOS or has she somehow inadvertently removed the icon? I thought that certain apps could not be removed. If she has only removed the icon, is there any way to get it back? She still seems to have Videos on her iPad.

    I have VLC on her phone but I would rather stick with Videos as that is what she is used to on the iPad. Thanks
     
  2. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    If you're in the US the Videos app was replaced with the TV app. Otherwise you can get it on the App Store.
    iOS 10 does allow you to remove some app icons you couldn't in the past.
     
  3. Kanunu, May 14, 2017
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    Kanunu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for pointing this out. I checked out the TV app and of course her videos were there but I found the interface not very intuitive. It landed on the intro, then I had to find the Library, then find the Home Videos. Her Ipad Videos app has Home videos right on top and that all it takes.

    Excuse a little rant but this is why I have an Android phone despite being a committed Mac user. I get to choose my own apps. By the same token, I won't buy a Samsung either as they too force their native apps on you.

    Thanks for your help and quick reply. I think it is time to start my wife on VLC. The upside is that I won't have to do any more conversions either.

    Edit: The Videos app may have been available on the US app store for a while but it doesn't seem to be there now.
     
  4. Mlrollin91 macrumors G4

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    I hardly call this being forced on you. All they did was "update" the app. I personally think its a cleaner look and is more like the look of the Music app.
     
  5. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    Yeah, the Videos app is now only available outside of the US as of a previous iOS 10 update. The TV app replaces it. The only way to get Videos is to use a non-US Apple ID, but that obviously can cause other issues.
     
  6. chrfr macrumors 603

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    I have the videos app on my 10.3.1 devices with a US account. The app disappeared for a while but came back somehow.
     
  7. Paddle1 macrumors 68030

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    Really? The app usually changes when you're signed in to the App/iTunes Store with an account from a certain region.
     
  8. choiceweb0pen0 macrumors newbie

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    One big change between the videos app and the TV app is downloaded tv shows won't play episodes of a show's season continuiously which was a great feature on car trips with a toddler. As far as I can tell, each episode has to be played one at at time. The centralizing of streaming programs from different apps/providers is nice, but not super useful on car trips through erratic cell service. Thankfully we can download a few movies in the Netflix app.
     
  9. Kanunu thread starter macrumors 6502

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    What I perceive is a gradual movement in which "updates" to apps push people more and more to use streaming services rather than their own material. You really have to look to Apple's motives. Certainly those motives don't result in users having more options.
     

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